Iran news headlines on Sunday include rising of Iranian rial currency; country navy commander dismissal of Israel’s growing war rhetoric against Iran as insignificant; inscription of Iran’s Golestan Palace on the World Heritage List; possibility of participation of Iran in Geneva meeting on Syria; Georgia block of Iranians’ bank accounts and improvement of country’s int’l science production ranking.
The Iranian rial has strengthened by more than 15 percent against the dollar since the victory of moderate Hassan Rowhani who was elected president more than a week ago, reports said on Sunday. The Iranian currency was trading at under 30,000 to the dollar on Sunday morning compared to 35,000 a week ago, media and dealers said.
Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari dismissed Israel’s growing war rhetoric against Iran as insignificant, and said the Zionist regime has no power compared to Iran’s might and capabilities. “They count for nothing to do any harm to us and they have no power,” Sayyari told reporters in Tehran on Sunday.
The UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee inscribed Iran’s Golestan Palace on the World Heritage List on Sunday. The decision was made during the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has expressed Iran’s preparedness to participate in the upcoming international Geneva conference on Syria. “If invited, we will definitely take part at the international Geneva conference on Syria,” Salehi said at a Saturday joint press conference with his visiting Lebanese counterpart Adnan Mansour in Tehran.
The Georgian government froze approximately 150 bank accounts tied to Iranian businesses and individuals in order to comply with United Nations sanctions aimed at curbing Tehran’s nuclear program, officials in Tbilisi said.
Head of the Islamic World Science Citation Center (ISC) Ja’far Mehrdad announced Iran’s astonishing growth in the world’s scientific output, and said that Iran’s world rankings in different scientific scales have improved.
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